Career Tech Ed Electives

Computer Science Essentials is the first course in the new Computer Science CTE Pathway. Computer Science Essentials introduces students to coding fundamentals through an approachable, block-based programming language where they will have early success in creating usable apps. As students sharpen their computational thinking skills, they will transition to programming environments that reinforce coding fundamentals by displaying block programming and text based programming side-by-side. Finally, students will learn the power of text-based programming as they are introduced to the Python® programming language. The course engages students in computational thinking practices and collaboration strategies, as well as industry standard tools authentic to how computer science professionals work. Students will learn about professional opportunities in computer science and how computing can be an integral part of all careers today.

Principles of Nutrition is a course in the Food Service and Hospitality Pathway. This course trains students for jobs in careers in restaurant and retail food service: Culinary arts, Dietetic Aide, Catering, Institutional Food Service, Restaurant and retail food service occupations. Students will learn about the breadth of the industry and a wide range of occupations and career opportunities within the food service industry. Emphasis is placed on safety and sanitation regulations, proper food handling and emergency procedures. Students learn the correct use and care of the tools and equipment used in the industry. Instruction is given in nutrition and menu development, cooking techniques and baking. Food preparation and service may take place at the school site with opportunities to serve students or prepare and serve at local events. Eligible students may take the ServSafe certification exam. This course aligns with and incorporates the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, Common Core Course Standards, Standards for Career Ready Practice, Anchor Standards and Pathway Standards as well as the National Restaurant Association Standards.

IED is a high school level course that is appropriate for 9th or 10th grade students who are interested in design and engineering. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. IED gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project- and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB- learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and understanding of the design process. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.


This introductory level class is a stepping stone toward the foundations students will use for the Health Career Academies. This course revolves around the use and skills of technology. Students will learn and enhance their knowledge of word processing and desktop publishing as it applies to medical concepts. Students will build background into medical careers, disease and illnesses, anatomy, and medical terminology. Students will also use hands-on learning through the software being used in medical front offices today: Medisoft. This course is designed with the learner in mind, and has projects that are aligned with state standards.


Introduction to Media Design is a course that explores historical to the rapidly changing trends in the global field of digital design. Through two and three dimensional design projects students develop problem solving skills, artistic perception, critical thinking, and self reflection. Learning the main industry computer software, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Animate, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe After Effects will provide students with the professional environment and responsibilities of those in the field of media design.